Camino Nuevo Charter Academy

Executive Leadership Team

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TEAM
Ana Ponce
Ana Ponce
Chief Executive Officer
Ana Ponce is the Chief Executive Officer of Camino Nuevo Charter Academy (CNCA), a network of high performing charter schools serving more than 3200 Pre-K through 12th grade students in the greater MacArthur Park neighborhood near Downtown Los Angeles. CNCA schools are recognized as models for serving predominantly Latino English Language Learners and have won various awards and distinctions including the Title 1 Academic Achievement Award, the California Association of Bilingual Education Seal of Excellence, the California Distinguished Schools award, and the Effective Practice Incentive Community (EPIC) award. Born in Mexico, Ana is committed to providing high quality educational options for immigrant families in the neighborhood where she grew up.
 

An alumnus of Teach for America, she spent 3 years in the classroom before becoming one of the founding teachers and administrators at The Accelerated School, the first independent charter school in South Los Angeles. Under her instructional leadership, The Accelerated School was named elementary school of the year by Time Magazine in 2001. Ms. Ponce earned her undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and a master's degree in Bilingual-Bicultural Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She earned her administrative Tier 1 credential and second master's degree from UCLA through the Principal's Leadership Institute (PLI) and earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Loyola Marymount University. A veteran of the charter schools movement in California, she serves on the Board of the California Charter Schools Association.

Allison Greenwood Bajracharya
Chief Strategy and Support
Services Officer

Allison is the Chief Strategy and Support Services Officer for Camino Nuevo Academy. Bajracharya has overall strategic and operational responsibility for all CNCA operational and advancement departments.

Before joining the Camino team, she was the founding California State Executive Director of Murmuration, a startup organization that rests at the intersection of education policy, community organizing, and data. Prior to joining Murmuration, Allison worked at the California Charter Schools Association. There, she wore many hats, ranging from the Managing Regional Director of Advocacy to the Senior Vice President of Organizing. Allison’s professional experiences also include serving as the Managing Director of District Strategy at Teach for America and the Director of Community Affairs for former LAUSD School Board Member Marlene Canter. Bajracharya started her career as a high school Teach for America teacher in New Orleans, LA.

Allison received her B.A. from Middlebury College and her M.P.P from the University of Southern California. She sits on The Da Vinci Schools’ Board of Regents, the Silverlake Jewish Community Center Board, and the STEM Prep Charter Board. In her free time, Bajracharya enjoys family adventures with her two children and husband.

 Heather McManus
Chief Academic Officer

Ms. McManus has been a school site leader at CNCA for the past nine years.  She began as an Assistant Principal of the Harvard campus, now known as the Kayne Siart Campus, in 2007 and then became Principal of that campus in 2010, where she worked to build a school community that was rooted in a deep belief in our mission.  As a result, the Kayne Siart Campus has earned the reputation of a high-performing campus both within our organization and across the state.  Some of the accomplishments of the Kayne Siart Campus include winning the National Gold Gain EPIC award, being recognized as a California Distinguished School, and most recently, being awarded the 2016 GOAL award for their work in implementing a model special education program and being recognized as a 2016 California Gold Ribbon School.

Ms. McManus holds a Bachelor's Degree in English from the University of Michigan, a Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from California State University, Northridge, and is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from Loyola Marymount University.

   

 

Robert L. Spencer

Vice President of Leadership Development

 

Prior to joining the Camino Nuevo Charter Academy, Robert Spencer served as a Principal in Sacramento County for the past 12 years.  His 2004 New Leaders for New Schools Fellowship led to his founding principalship of Aspire Public Schools’ Alexander Twilight College Prep Academy, serving grades K-5, and Alexander Twilight Secondary Academy, serving grades 6th – 12th in the Arden/Arcade community.  Additionally, he served as the Principal of Aspire Capitol Heights Academy in the Oak Park, Sacramento.  Before becoming a principal, Robert was an 8th grade Language Arts Teacher at Old Court Middle School in Baltimore County, Maryland.  During his service in the United States Army as a Preventive Medicine Sergeant, he supervised and conducted surveys and inspections of environmental factors that affected soldiers’ health.  While in the Army, Robert was awarded the 2001 Soldier of the Year Award, the Army Achievement Medal in 2000 and 2001, and the Army Commendation Medal in 2000.  Robert began his career as an 8th grade Humanities Teacher at Gaston Middle School in Gaston, North Carolina, through Teach for America.  In addition to writing General Education Development (GED) Language Arts test questions as a Test Writer, he edited short fiction and poetry as an Editor’s Assistant for Callaloo.  

 

Robert received his B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Virginia, and he has a Master of Arts in Secondary Education pending at Johns Hopkins University. 

 

Margaret Domingo
Margaret Domingo
Vice President, Human Resources
As the Vice President, Human Resources, Margaret is responsible for the HR management across all CNCA sites and works closely with the school's leadership and employees to ensure that policies and procedures are met. She is passionate about ensuring that inner-city youth are provided with a high quality education and has previously worked as a peer counselor and mentor for high school and middle school students in the Los Angeles and Crenshaw districts. She was also active in grassroots organizations, including the Service Employees International Union where she campaigned for the rights of Latino and Korean immigrant workers. Prior to joining the CNCA team, Margaret worked in the Human Resources and Accounting Department for Warner Bros Entertainment.
 

Ms. Domingo earned a B.A. in Political Science and minor in Chicano/a Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles and a certificate in Human Resources from Loyola Marymount University. She also has a Professional Human Resources certificate.